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Know Your Rights: Roster Changes at Estia Health Kogarah

Estia Health Kogarah contacted the HSU today regarding changes to the “regular roster and ordinary hours” of your work. Management also advised that individual meetings with each affected employee will be held on Thursday, 14th January 2021.

As per Clause 66.4 of the ESTIA HEALTH NSW ENTERPRISE AGREEMENT 2019, as HSU members, you have the option of appointing the Union as your representative for the purpose of consultation – particularly if you are impacted by the change and unable to reach a resolution.

Consultation must include all relevant information about the change, including what the possible effects will be. Management must also give the employee the opportunity to provide their views on the change. While it is important for members to engage in this process to better understand what is being proposed and how you are impacted, you should not feel pressured to agree or sign anything until you are confident in your decision or you have received representation.

This is also an opportunity to review the hours you have been regularly working. A casual regularly working more than 6 months without covering leave may be entitled to permanent part time. Permanent part time staff regularly working over their contracted hours for more than 12 months without covering leave are entitled to have these hours added to their contract.

Below are some points to assist with understanding your workplace rights during workplace change. Your Union is here to help you stand up for your rights. 

  1. You have the right to be consulted about the change! Consultation includes time to consider the change, to raise concerns, and to have those concerns properly addressed.
  2. You have the right to say NO! Contracted hours cannot be cut without your approval. Cuts to jobs can occur, but only with a redundancy or redeployment to a comparable position.
  3. You have the right to representation! Ensure you are represented by the HSU when discussing major workplace change.
  4. You have the right to request any changes to your job be provided in writing and time to consider your response. Don’t feel rushed. Major changes to your job can have lasting impacts for you and your family.
  5. Join the HSU! Only HSU members get representation and advice to stand up for their rights and protect their job. Join now at www.hsu.asn.au/join or phone 1300 478 679.

If you need help or advice about workplace change, email agedcare@hsu.asn.au or phone 1300 478 679. You can also contact your Organiser HyoJung Kim at hyojung.kim@hsu.asn.au or 0458 012 322.